Monday, July 16, 2007

HELP! I need somebody...

To tell me I'm doing the right thing.

Over the course of last week, I did the deadly deed. I bought a month's subscription to WoW. My main in LotRO is 34, and not having the desire for an alt as well as not having the desire to hit any sort of "wall", I figured it was as good a time as any to see what my in-laws were up to in Azeroth.

They've been playing the game since a couple of months after release, and are still happy with it. Ignorance of the end-game problems is bliss, my friends. Stay away from the boards, don't hang out around the blogs, and you'll never be upset with your game. I've got to start taking my own advice.

Anyway, so I logged back in for the 1st time in the middle part of last week. When I logged out after doing a couple of quests and catching up with some old friends, I hearthed my hunter back to Telaar in Nagrand and logged out. No big deal, right? Well, when I logged back in a day or two later, I was standing in front of the Telaar mailbox.

Odd, right? I didn't think anything of it at the time. I just went on my merry way, questing and chatting with my friends. It wasn't until I got back to the Inn much later that I realized why I had been parked in front of the mailbox. My account had been hacked. My 660+ gold had been stolen.

I wasn't too surprised. This had happened to me before, over a year and a half ago actually. I had a keylogger from a malicious UI mod on my PC back then, and someone used it to gain access to my account, take my characters, my gold, everything. He/she had even gone to the trouble to delete my characters. Luckily Blizzard saw there was something not right, restored my characters, and their items/gold and I was happily on my way.

The same thing happened this time. I contacted the GM staff, they checked the activity on my account, restored my gold and assured me that proper action had been taken against the hacker. I changed my password, checked my HDD for viruses and spyware and all of that. I don't use UI Mods anymore, so it was either dumb luck or the same guy who had hacked me before, cracking my ingenious idea of using the same password I had used when I was 1st hacked over a year prior.

Anyway, I was just happy to have my gold back. The whole reason I re-subbed for a month, aside from friends and family, was to maybe hit 70 at get my flying mount. Had Blizzard not returned my gold, I'd have been S.O.L. But then something stranger happened.

I logged in last night after a couple days' break, and found I had mail again. I expected gold-spam, or a Blizzard notice... anything but what I found. A character who shall remain nameless had sent me 665g and 5s. This is the exact amount Blizzard restored to my hunter earlier in the week. I checked my other characters that had been stolen from. Same thing. The exact amounts Blizzard had restored had been sent to me by this player.

No ifs ands or buts about it... the hacker had sent me this gold. I immediately opened a ticket to the GMs. An hour or so later they contacted me, and after explaining what had happened, even that Blizzard had already restored the gold to me, they said the money was mine to keep. I had no obligation to send it back. They were shocked I even reported it. I guess honesty doesn't happen too often on the internet, or something.

Anyway, over 700 gold was sent to me by this guy. It's no coincidence. This is the hacker that sent me this money. Is he trying to get me in trouble? Make it look like I bought gold or hacked his account? Because that won't work, methinks. Not after my talk with the GMs about the situation. Is he just feeling bad about his work? Is he regaining his faith? What is it?

More importantly, how long should I wait before I go get my epic ground mount that I've never been able to afford?

(Side Note: Harry Potter was good. Not great. Lots of crap cut from the book that didn't need t be. But it was still a good movie that sets up the 6th one nicely. Ending was way rushed though. Worth a matinee, but you're better off reading the book.)


Cameron said...

I'm seriously considering getting back into WoW for a while, maybe on one of the new PvP servers...

That's weird about the gold.

Bildo said...

You're telling me. It's like Christmas. I don't think I'm going to send it back even if he does ask. It's plain, considering the amounts he sent, that he's the guy who hacked my account.

I'm thinking tonight I'll get my swift ram. :)

Taipans Hurricane said...

Holy crap, whats the luck of a hacker having a change of heart? Not to mention it sucks you got hacked twice. =( Awesome you doubled the money in the end though!

Link said...

I believe WOW is offering a 14-day free trial for new and ex-players. I've been tempted to go for it. I loved that game, but like any other addict, it's best I stay away from my drug (at least until the next expansion comes out).

Bad cookie.


William said...

Did the hacker also remove you from your guild, I am the leader of the guild you were in before you took break to play LOTRO.

Kanthalos and Anaktoria said...

That's sweet you got your gold back :) I don't see myself playing WoW again any time soon, thankfully I myself got my account back from being stolen, but my characters got split. Anyways, I tried to EQ2 trial after a few months away from that and I love the illusionist I'm playing. I'll probably resub when I can scrounge the money together since I want to buy EoF :)

William said...

keep it, I bet when Blizz found the hacker, they auto-returned all the mail

Bildo said...

No William. If you're part of the Highguard, when I came back I didn't see hardly anyone on. I figured the guild had been disbanded and it seemed most of my friends had left as well.

I joined a few of the people I knew from my old server, Dragonblight, on their small 5-man guild.

Nothing personal or any of that. But being that I'm only back for the month most likely, I figured I'd better hang with the people I had more of an emotional attachment to.

William said...

That would be us... TY for clearing that up

Bildo said...

My Rogue is still with you guys, and I'd like to leave him there if possible. Never know when I'll get the itch to level up my stealthy dwarf. :P

Keen said...

I'm glad you got your money and more money back Bildo! While I hate WoW (no surprise) and Blizzard is on my "crap" list, it was good to see they came through for you.

Remember, regardless of what others think, as long as you are having fun with the games you play then that's all that matters.

William said...

Same still applies, to when you left at the launch of LOTRO, you are welcome to stay as long as you wish.

In other news, started playing LOTRO again after beta, CURSE YOU!